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Galactic News: Asteroid Destroyed in HIP 16497

25 FEB 3303

Earlier this week, automated stellar probes in the HIP 16497 system picked up an unusual heat signature. Local explorers promptly launched an investigation, only to discover that an asteroid had inexplicably disappeared from the system.

"It's most peculiar," said Kate Panamen of the Mars High Astrocartography Institute. "Given the asteroid's orbit, it shouldn't have come into contact with anything in the system for aeons. Nevertheless, the investigators found an expanding cloud of dust in the asteroid's supposed location. We're at a loss to explain how it could have been destroyed."

Both Federal and Imperial sources denied rumours that the destruction of the asteroid was a result of experimental weapon testing.

Galactic News: Weekly Expansion Report

25 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on expansion and withdrawal among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:

HIP 8593 Empire League

V886 Centauri Future

Liberals of Delta Pavonis

Zeus Bureau

Kuwemargl Patrons of Law

Labour of Kalads

Ciboney Empire Consulate

Cordenet Group

Defence Force of HR 8793

Yhele Empire Party

Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.

Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:

Colanja Gold Power Services

Limapa Blue State Commodities

Official Darkates Freedom Party

The Pilots Federation

Iptera Allied Corp.

Natural LP 811-17 Conservatives

Heike Co

Autocracy of Phi Gruis

Partnership of LHS 2819

HIP 13269 Silver Drug Empire

Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.

Galactic News: Weekly Conflict Report

24 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on conflict among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience a civil war:

Vanayequi Independents

New 31 Aquilae Green Party

Chamunda Crimson Gang

Fusang Fortune Commodities

LTT 377 Purple General Corp.

Liberty Party of Zeessze

Ross 754 Universal and Co

Luyten's Star Co

Luyten 674-15 Industries

Alpha Centauri Gold Brotherhood

Civil wars occur when minor factions compete for control of major assets such as starports. When a faction is involved in a civil war, the standard of living, development level and security level in the system it controls are temporarily reduced. Combat activities can bring a civil war to an end.

Here are the latest factions to experience war:

Limapa Blue State Commodities

Coalition of Ngaliba

Lords of Ngaliba

Potriti Gold Mafia

Coquim Industry

Yakabugai Exchange

Laedla and Co

Kokary Liberals

Liberty Party of LP 751-1

Independents of Mildeptu

Wars occur when a minor faction invades a star system controlled by another minor faction. For the duration of the war, the standard of living, wealth level and security level in the disputed system are reduced. Combat activity between the two warring factions determines the outcome of the conflict. If neither faction succeeds in dominating the other, the war ends in a ceasefire.

Galactic News: Theft at Darnielle's Progress

24 FEB 3303

A carefully orchestrated heist, involving the theft of a large quantity of meta-alloys, has taken place at Darnielle's Progress in the Maia system.

Security personnel at the starport confirmed that an unidentified Cobra-class vessel was involved in the robbery. After the ship docked at the starport, the pilot and four other passengers disembarked before the ship was serviced and refuelled.

Later, the pilot requisitioned the largest available quota of meta-alloys, whereupon the automated units inexplicably loaded it to maximum capacity. The Cobra immediately departed, breaking speed limits and ignoring hails.

Attempts were made to track the ship, but no trace of it was found.

Investigations are ongoing. Pilots are asked to report any sightings of a Cobra with the callsign 'lima uniform charlie'.

Galactic News: United Sutekh Future Operation Succeeds

23 FEB 3303

A spokesperson for United Sutekh Future has announced that the organisation has triumphed over the Adad Exchange in the Sutekh system.

The conflict began when the Adad Exchange attempted to plunder the remains of a Federal convoy for sensitive military intelligence. When United Sutekh Future learned of the plan, it launched an offensive against the Adad Exchange, eager to prevent the intelligence from falling into enemy hands.

Both campaigns received the support of hundreds of independent pilots, but ultimately it was United Sutekh Future that emerged victorious. A spokesperson for the organisation thanked those who supported its operation.

Pilots who contributed to the initiative can now collect their rewards from Archemides Gateway in the Sutekh system.

Community Goal: The Rahu Operation

23 FEB 3303

An Alliance spokesperson has announced that a Naval convoy has been attacked in the Rahu system. The spokesperson also confirmed that criminals have begun targeting the convoy with the intention of taking escape pods from the wreckage. They went on to say:

"These criminals have just one aim: to abduct Alliance personnel and sell them into illegal slavery. We cannot allow these vile opportunists to take our comrades captive."

"We are therefore asking pilots to recover escape pods from the wreckage and deliver them to Acharya Station in Rahu. We have also placed a kill order on all wanted ships operating in the system, in support of the rescue operation."

The campaign begins on the 23rd of February 3303 and will run for one week. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.

Freelance Report: Buckyball Racing Club has Tunnel Vision

23 FEB 3303

After a relatively quiet start to the year, the Buckyball Racing Club is back with its first full-length race of 3303: Tunnel Vision.

The race, which is between Leopold Heckmann Ring in the Malaikudi system and Evans Port in Parutis, requires competitors to navigate a series of tunnels at various scientific and military installations en route. Bonuses will be awarded depending on ship size, meaning some very large ships will be squeezed through some very tight spaces.

The Buckyball Racing Club refused to address rumours that the race will use Federal and Imperial capital ship docks as gates.

The event starts on Saturday the 25th of February and will run until Monday the 6th of March.

Alec Turner

Galactic News: Weekly Democracy Report

23 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on democratic activity among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to hold elections:

Union of Wolf 359 Labour

Green Party of HIP 103138

United LHS 3479 Green Party

Crimson State Group

Eranin Peoples Party

Modgud Commodities

Independent NLTT 49528 Left Party

i Bootis Democrats

Social Bakaduninka Future

League of HIP 3142

Elections occur when two minor factions with a similar political structure resolve a conflict over ownership and influence within a system.

Galactic News: Weekly Health Report

22 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on health issues among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience famine:

Avan Labour Union

Green Party of HIP 103138

HIP 105577 One

Kvenland Services

Bubii Rats

Leaders of BD-08 2963

Cuicatec Gold Power Co

HIP 105639 Party

Sokat Values Party

Parhul Silver Electronics Hldgs

When a faction is affected by famine the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases. Combat activity has no effect on influence while a famine is active. Completing food-trade missions can bring a famine to an end.

Here are the latest factions to experience an outbreak:

HIP 73428 Exchange

Bodb Den Advanced Network

Green Party of Dulos

LHS 1387 Jet Mob

Mooramoora Union Party

Aonghus Co

Hajon Industries

Totegafook Posse

Co-operative of HIP 49102

Progressive Party of Ross 210

When a faction is affected by an outbreak the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases. Combat activity has no effect on influence while an outbreak is active. Completing medicine-supply missions can bring an outbreak to an end.

Powerplay: Incoming Update

22 FEB 3303

At 7.00 am tomorrow morning (GMT), the monitoring of powers' activities will go offline for a short period while the latest data is assembled. Pilots who operate for one of the powers should deliver any cargo or vouchers before this time to ensure their activities are registered.

Galactic News: Starport Status Update

21 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on starports experiencing technical issues as a result of Unknown-Artefact related interference.

The following starports are currently closed:

Elder Works, Ross 154

Frick Base, Naurung

Gaffney Dock, HIP 16538

Haisheng Orbital, HR 8474

White Orbital, Aiabiko

Yeliseyev Beacon, Nican

The following starports continue to experience technical issues:

Alexander Freeport, HIP 18843

Amnuel Dock, Kwiamoni

Bondarek Orbital, Munfayl

Cayley Landing, Atroan

Hillary Silo, HR 8474

i Sola Prospect, Brestla

Kooi Gateway, G 190-28

Melvin Hub, GD 1192

Priest Survey, HIP 19147

Meanwhile, the following starports are on the brink of closure:

Pentin, Grego Reach

Yoruba, Apt Orbital

Galactic News: Weekly Security Report

21 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on the security status of the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience a lockdown:

Wolf 359 Blue Travel Commodities

LHS 1387 Jet Mob

WISE 0855-0714 Gold Gang

Zeus Bureau

Oho Bajo Public Holdings

Segoveduwa Empire Party

Nationalists of Aulin

Nationals of Themiscrya

Nang Ta-khian Public Co

Opala Power Commodities

When a faction experiences a lockdown, the security rating of the system it controls temporarily increases and the system's wealth temporarily decreases. Bounty hunting activity can shorten the lockdown period.

Here are the latest factions to experience civil unrest:

Kokary Holdings

Uru Federal Interstellar

Vanayequi Independents

Revolutionary Heheng Future

Natural LP 811-17 Conservatives

Ross 490 Mafia

Independents of LHS 3262

Mob of Nantariates

United Wat Yu Confederacy

Nationalists of Aulin

Civil unrest is the result of illegal activity. When a faction is affected by civil unrest, the standard of living in the system it controls temporarily decreases, as does the system's wealth. Combat missions and activities can bring civil unrest to an end.

Galactic News: Weekly Economic Report

20 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on the economic health of the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to experience an economic boom:

Colanja Gold Power Services

Limapa Blue State Commodities

Uru Federal Interstellar

Avan Labour Union

Wolf 359 Blue Travel Commodities

Union of Wolf 359 Labour

Potriti Gold Mafia

Cemiess Commodities

Orrere Ring

Eravate Network

Boom is usually the result of consistent trade profit and completed trade contracts. When a faction experiences a boom, the wealth of the system it controls temporarily increases and trade missions completed in the system have double the effect on influence. The faction's influence may also increase. Booms typically last until they naturally expire.

Here are the latest factions to experience an economic bust:

Brotherhood of LP 98-132

Ngaliba Blue Camorra

Lords of Ngaliba

Chamunda Crimson Gang

i Bootis Central Limited

Partnership of LHS 2819

Family of Parun

HIP 6758 Posse

Orishpucho Jet Hand Gang

Chau Yu Gold Clan

When a faction experiences a bust, the wealth of the system it controls is temporarily reduced and the faction's influence is temporarily diminished. Trade actions do not contribute to boom while a bust is active. A bust typically has to run its course before ending.

Galactic News: Weekly Expansion Report

18 FEB 3303

This report presents the latest data on expansion and withdrawal among the galaxy's minor factions.

Here are the latest factions to have expanded into new systems:

G 41-14 Purple Travel Solutions

Annarr Dynamic Corp.

Kikians Purple Vision PLC

Betel Free

Jaques

Tian Xian Inc

Labour of Kalads

Movement for Oduwaid Fo Labour

Martio Imperial Society

Djinaura Brotherhood

Expansions occur when a minor faction reaches a sufficient level of influence and there is a populated system within striking distance. Expansion is costly, so when a faction expands, the wealth and development level of the system it controls are temporarily reduced.

Here are the latest factions in withdrawal:

Kokary Liberals

GCRV 4654 State Interstellar

Labour of Ethgreze

Revolutionary Heheng Future

39 Tauri Interstellar

Labour of Geras

Inupiates Patrons of Law

HR 8170 Brotherhood

HIP 113100 Imperial Society

LHS 3598 Transport Group

Factions are considered to be in withdrawal if their level of influence within a system drops below a certain level. If the faction's influence remains low for a total of five days, the faction must leave the system entirely. If the faction manages to increase its level of influence, it remains in the system.

Galactic News: Speculation over MetaDrive Technology

17 FEB 3303

Audit records from MetaDrive Inc., acquired by the Sirius Corporation last year, have been leaked into public data silos by persons unknown.

While the majority of the data is unremarkable, one record mentions 'wake suppression', prompting some commentators to speculate on a possible connection to MetaDrive's work on hyperdrive systems.

A spokesperson for the Sirius Corporation responded by saying:

"We do not typically comment on leaks of this nature, but we can certainly allay any fears that the Sirius Corporation is conducting experimental hyperdrive research. The document in question simply refers to research into sleep-management technology for long-haul travel."